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Afghan women among strongest women: Rula Ghani

Afghan women among strongest women: Rula Ghani

May 13, 2015 - 10:57

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): Afghan womeninfo-icon are among the strongest women she has ever known, the First lady, Rula Ghani told a Washington audience here.

“Afghan women are among the strongest women I have ever had the privilege to know,” Ghani said in her remarks at the National Democratic Institute’s (NDI) 2015 Madeleine K Albright luncheon.

She said that Afghan women were living under “very difficult circumstances. Yet, with very limited means, these women are striving to make a better life for themselves and their families,” Ghani said.

They were the glue that keeps societyinfo-icon together, they are the conscience that goads the leaders onto the right path. 

“They are hardworking, persistent, resourceful, and they are tough. If they need support and help it is not because they are weak or clueless but because they are strong and will put every little bit of support to good use," Ghani said.

The annual luncheon hosted by NDI Chairman and former Secretary of State Albright, honors the efforts of grassroots women’s organizations to promote the participation and leadership of women in politics.

During the luncheon, NDI awarded its 2015 Albright Grant to the Worker Women Social Organization (WWSO), a grassroots group based in Kandahar.

Mikulski, one of the strongest advocates in Congress for the advancement of women and girls, talked about the importance of getting women involved in politics. “When women show power that each one of us can make a difference, together we make change,” she said.

Founded in 2010, WWSO works to empower young Afghan women--- high school and college students and recent graduates--- to be leaders. Through after-school programs and training sessions, WWSO emphasizes democratic principles and helps the women build leadership skills as they push for improvements and promote sustainable peace in the Kandahar region.

“WWSO is a remarkable group that works at the grassroots level in difficult, even life-threatening, circumstances to ensure women and youth receive critical social services and can participate meaningfully in their local communities,” Albright said.


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